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Design on a Dime New York City
April 24 – 27, 2019
125 West 18th St.
Join them for their Annual Design on a Dime NYC benefit! From April 24-27, Housing Works will be taking over the Metropolitan Pavilion to present one-of-a-kind shoppable room vignettes created by tens of top New York designers. Shop luxe furniture, art, home decor and more, all while supporting their mission to end AIDS by 2020.
Groundbreaker Awards Dinner
Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00 pm
Opening Night Reception
Thursday, April 25
VIP Cocktail + Preview Hour from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
General Admission & Shopping from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Late Entry Shopping from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Free Public Sale Days
Friday, April 26 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
April 27 – 28, 2019
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
900 Washington Avenue
This annual, highly anticipated event draws multitudes of attendees as we all gather in celebration of the season, the beautiful blossoms from/of the cherry trees and enjoy all the many Japanese cultural offerings.
From taiko drumming, other musical performances (indie , punk, pop genres and others), martial arts demonstrations to dance performances, Kabuki Buyo dance and much more.
One needs a ticket for either or both days and you can head on over to the official website to learn more. Members of the garden, as is the case with many other venues, get discounted access. Students and seniors get discounts as well.
Also, visit this page at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for info as well.
Please do keep in mind how this is merely a special event taking place over two days. You can always visit the garden on other days to experience the luscious pinks of the cherry blossoms as they’ll be in bloom for a period of time. We’ve done it repeatedly, paying close attention to the one day of the week when admission is free. Be sure to visit their site for details in that regard.
Dance Party at Bryant Park 2019
Wednesdays from May 1 – June 5, 2019
Dance Lessons: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Live Music and Dancing: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Bryant Park located betw. 40th & 42nd Streets and Fifth & Sixth Avenues
Be sure to check at the official site for additional details as well as alerts as to last minute cancellations and such.
Back again this year of 2019 will be popular music-oriented offering featuring dance lessons and 1 1/2 hours of live music.
Starting off the season’s sessions will be Tito Puente Jr. on Wednesday, May 1.
Following that opening night will be an additional five evenings crammed with music loving fun made up of live performances, dance lessons and dancing the time away.
“”Dance Party, which is curated by Talia Castro-Pozo, convenes on the Fountain Terrace on Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 1 through June 5. The season winds up in grand fashion on Friday, June 7, with the five-hour Latin Dance Festival.””
Also, found below on this page are videos shared by the folks at Bryant Park as well as others featuring past years’ worth of fun at this special event of music-filled fun.
Salsa Night with Tito Puente
Latin & Ballroom Night with Fleur Seule
Contra Dance Night with Brooklyn Swing
R&B Night with Exenia
Cumbia Dance Night with LaMar
LGBTQ Dance Night with Adam Bastien and Jerome Bell of NBC’s the Voice
Video: Bryant Park Presents Dance Party: Latin Festival 2016 as shared by: Street Visuals
Video: Bryant Park Dance Party as shared by Bryant Park NYC:
Cuban Salsa at Bryant Park – Global Rhythm Dancers as shared by Ron Lugo:
QSO’s All Mozart Concert at Mary’s Nativity Church
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Mary’s Nativity Church
46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.)
Flushing, NY 11355
The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra returns to Mary’s Nativity Church on Sunday, May 5th at 7:30pm to perform an all Mozart concert.
The program includes his Symphony No.29, Apollo et Hyacinthus Overture and Flute Concerto No.1 featuring Sojung Moon. Maestro Dong-Hyun Kim will lead the orchestra.
No tickets are necessary but a free-will offering will graciously be accepted.
PARTY ON WHEELS
at the New York Transit Museum
Sunday, May 5, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 am
New York Transit Museum
99 Schermerhorn Street, Downtown Brooklyn
“”Mark your calendar for the 6th annual Party on Wheels! Our festive family benefit features exclusive early morning access, crafts and facepainting, and rides on our vintage subway cars right from the Museum platform to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Station and back. To be listed in the Benefit Committee, get your tickets by March 15, 2019!””
Grand Central VIP Package: $500 8 tickets, goodie bags, and listing as a Co-Chair!
Atlantic Terminal VIP Package: $275 6 tickets, goodie bags, and listing as a Co-Chair!
Family Package: $165 4 tickets
Adult (age 18+): $60 1 ticket
Child (ages 2-17): $40 1 ticket Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Babies under 2 are free!
Proceeds from the event support the Transit Museum’s education programs, which serve nearly 30,000 children and teachers every year, including 3,000 participants in access programs for people who have disabilities.
Vassar College Department of Music Presents
Todd Crow, a “Pianist’s Pianist,” Presented in Recital at Zankel Hall
Thursday, May 23, 2019
at 7:30 pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Fantasia in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28 (Sonate écossaise)
Etude No. 10, “Pour les Sonorités opposées”
Todd Crow is a pianist whose artistry has brought him critical superlatives in the U.S. and notably in England – there largely through regular appearances on the BBC. The New York Times has described his playing as “heroic, [showing] endless flair, color and stamina.” The Times of London has praised his performances as “spine-chilling” and “exhilarating,” and The Wall Street Journal said that his playing exhibited “stunning control and a wonderful sense of musical architecture.”
Todd was a member of the Vassar College faculty for 49 years, retiring in June 2018 as the George Sherman Dickinson Professor of Music. The Vassar College Department of Music is presenting Todd Crow in recital at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, March 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm. His program is a hearty meal of virtuoso pianism: Mendelssohn’s Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28; Schumann’sKreisleriana, Op. 16; Debussy’s Etude No. 10 “pour les Sonorités opposées”; Three Préludes by Henri Dutilleux; and Bartók’s Dance Suite.
Thomas Sauer, a colleague of Todd Crow’s at Vassar, had this to say: “It was my good fortune to have served on the Vassar piano faculty with Todd Crow for 19 years. He was the kindest, most selfless and generously supportive colleague imaginable, and his personal pianistic standards would be the envy of a performer at any stage of a performing career.”
“Many of his colleagues consider him to be a pianist’s pianist,” wrote the critic Jed Distler on ClassicsToday about Chopin: The Late Mazurkas (MSR, 2018), Crow’s latest in a series of distinguished recordings that have earned him a string of critical acclaim over the years. Two discs in particular of performances recorded for BBC broadcast – Todd Crow: The BBC Recordings, Volume 1 (2010), music of Mendelssohn, Mendelssohn/Liszt, Moscheles, and Schumann; and Volume 2 (2013), piano variations of Brahms and Dvorák – elicited from Fanfare magazine what is perhaps definitive praise for this pianist, calling him “…among the aristocrats of keyboard artists,” and saying this: “Todd Crow is an American treasure. He combines a solid technique and beautiful keyboard touch with complete mastery of the music.”
In recent years he has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, England, Italy, Israel, the Czech Republic, and elsewhere, and in recital or chamber music at the Berlioz/Dutilleux Festival in Manchester, England, Washington’s National Gallery of Art, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. He has performed frequently with such groups as the Brentano, Borromeo, Composers, Concord, Shanghai, Miami, Daedalus, Jupiter, Miró, Parker, Dover and Escher string quartets, the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and with many eminent soloists including famed jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the American Symphony in 1992 and his London orchestral debut at the Barbican Centre with the London Philharmonic in 1986. He has been heard on BBC Radio for many years in both live and recorded performances, and on National Public Radio in the USA, as well as many other American radio stations.
Since 1996, he has been music director and pianist of the Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music in Northeast Harbor, Maine, now looking forward to its 55th season. In addition to frequent appearances at the Bard Music Festival, he has been heard at the Casals Festival, Music Mountain, Maverick Concerts, and other festivals. His CDs include sonatas of Haydn and Schubert, Liszt’s transcription for piano solo of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, works of Sergei Taneyev and Dohnányi, the complete works for cello and piano by Mendelssohn (with cellist Mark Shuman), and Ernst Toch’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the NDR-Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein. Released in 2016, a CD entitled Of Love of You–A Tribute to Emery W. Harper features world premiere recordings of new American works for piano, soprano, and bass-baritone by Bolcom, Liebermann, Rands, Stucky, Del Tredici, Wyner, and others. Todd Crow can also be heard on the Albany, ASV, Bridge, First Impression, Golden String, New World, and Toccata Classics labels.
Born in Santa Barbara, California, Todd Crow is an honors graduate of the University of California and The Juilliard School. Among his teachers have been Erno Dániel, Ania Dorfmann, and at the Music Academy of the West, Emanuel Bay. At the age of 13 he was awarded an indefinitely renewable scholarship for the study of music composition by the Epstein Foundation of Chicago, and as a teenager he won prizes for his works including a competition sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters. At age fifteen, he won the Santa Barbara Symphony Young Artists Competition. He is also editor of the volume Bartók Studies (Detroit, 1976). In 1986 he received the University of California’s Distinguished Alumni Award. www.toddcrowpiano.com
Annual Free Memorial Day at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Monday, May 27, 2019
The free Memorial Day Concert at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine features Bruckner’s Eighth. “Beauty is what Bruckner is talking about,” says Jaap van Zweden. In this symphony beauty takes many forms: its gradual unfolding, burnished brass sonorities, soaring lyricism, and a triumphant ending. An inspiring, spiritual way to remember those who died while serving in America’s armed forces.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the performance; ticket distribution will begin at 5:00 PM. The audio of the performance will be broadcast onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting.